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Growing Chorus at African Policy Breakfast for more Global Outrage against Boko Haram

Growing Chorus at African Policy Breakfast for more Global Outrage against Boko Haram

By Ajong Mbapndah L Boko Haram and its regional impact was the topic of the February 2016 African Policy Breakfast Series in Washington D.C.   Hosted by US Congresswoman Karen Bass the aim of the event was to “provide a setting for members of Congress and representatives from diverse sectors and backgrounds to discuss critical and timely issues specific to U.S.-Africa policy.”  Addressing over 200 policy makers, civil society actors and about seven Ambassadors, Keynote Speaker Linda … Read entire article »

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Al-Shabab ‘planning Somalia attacks using AU uniforms’

The African Union (AU) says the al-Qaeda-linked armed group, al-Shabab, is planning attacks in Somalia using AU troop uniforms as disguises. The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) said the uniforms were stolen by al-Shabab fighters from military camps belonging to the 22,000-strong UN-mandated mission. “AMISOM has information that due to panic [al-Shabab] have plans to masquerade as AMISOM and dress in AMISOM troop’s uniforms,” AMISOM said in a statement on its Twitter account. “These uniforms were accessed from AMISOM camps in the past and disguised as such, AS [al-Shabab] are organising to carry out atrocities. Planned atrocities are in areas generally controlled by FGS & AMISOM in order to turn the people against AMISOM by depicting it … Read entire article »

Latest News February 10, 2016

news From All Africa South Africa: 20-Hour Silence From Trapped Miners At Lily Mine [News24Wire] No audio signals have been received in the past 20 hours from mine workers still trapped at the Lily Mine in Barberton, Mpumalanga on Wednesday morning. South Africa: MTN Ordered to Take Down Its Music [News24Wire] Fed-up songwriters have issued mobile network MTN a ‘take-down’ notice to remove music from its stores as of today. Nigeria: National Assembly Suspends Deadline for Passing 2016 Budget [Guardian] Signposting the persistence of the confusion that began when the 2016 budget document was declared “missing” at the National Assembly four weeks ago, doubts still remain over the figures allocated to subheads in various ministries, departments and agencies. Africa: Why Africa Can't … Read entire article »

US President Obama signs Africa electricity plan into law

US President Obama signs Africa electricity plan into law

US President Barack Obama has signed into law an initiative aimed at bringing electricity to 50 million people in sub-Saharan Africa by 2020. The Electrify Africa Act of 2015 will give legal backing to Mr Obama’s flagship Power Africa scheme, which is trying to improve access to electricity through public-private partnerships. It took nearly two years to be passed in both houses … Read entire article »

Growing Chorus at African Policy Breakfast for more Global Outrage against Boko Haram

Growing Chorus at African Policy Breakfast for more Global Outrage against Boko Haram

By Ajong Mbapndah L Boko Haram and its regional impact was the topic of the February 2016 African Policy Breakfast Series in Washington D.C.   Hosted by US Congresswoman Karen Bass the aim of the event was to “provide a setting for members of Congress and representatives from diverse sectors and backgrounds to discuss critical and timely issues specific to U.S.-Africa … Read entire article »

Hey, candidates: Don’t forget about Africa

Hey, candidates: Don’t forget about Africa

The continent is vital to America’s national security and economic interests. By Jean-Claude Masangu Mulongo*  In spite of Africa’s geopolitical importance, American presidential candidates pay vanishingly little attention to the continent during their campaigns. In the 13 presidential debates so far — eight Republican and five Democratic — Africa, a continent with more than a billion people, has scarcely been mentioned. When it … Read entire article »

Zimbabwe pleads for cash to stop mass starvation

Zimbabwe has appealed to local businesses and charities for more than $1.5bn aid to save more than a quarter of the population from starvation due to drought. “The government of Zimbabwe requires a total of [$1.57bn] with effect from February to December 2016,” Zimbabwe’s vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa said at a news conference in the capital Harare on Tuesday, adding that more than three million people were in need of food and water. “The amount of rainfall received to date is inadequate to meet basic household consumption needs as well as support for livelihoods, agriculture and wildlife.” Mnangagwa’s appeal came barely a week after President Robert Mugabe declared a “state of disaster” in many rural areas hit … Read entire article »

International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF) gathers powerhouses from across global Islamic finance industry

Sudan’s Central Bank Governor, Minister of Finance & Vice President; renowned PwC thought leader; and Business Week’s “Top 40 Under 40” tech expert – speak at Africa’s landmark forum 2nd annual International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF 2016) KHARTOUM, Sudan, 9 February 2016,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/-: Islamic banking leaders and dignitaries from across Africa and the Middle East gathered today at the 2nd annual International Forum on Islamic Finance (IFIF 2016). Held under the patronage of the Government of the Republic of the Sudan, the Central Bank of Sudan and the Ministry of Finance & Economic Planning – and in strategic partnership with the Bank of Khartoum – IFIF 2016 hosted 200 dignitaries, central bank representatives, Ministers, … Read entire article »

South Africa court delays decision on Zuma’s renovation

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has reserved its decision on whether President Jacob Zuma should pay back state money he used to upgrade his private residence. The court said on Tuesday that it will announce the decision at later date once it has been made. In a damning report, South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog accused Zuma in 2014 of having “benefited unduly” from the “excessive” $23m upgrades to his Nkandla home, which included a swimming pool, a cattle enclosure and an amphitheatre. Zuma, who says that the renovations were essential to improve security, offered last week to repay a portion of the money, but said he wanted the auditor-general and finance minister to determine the amount. READ MORE: Zuma criticised … Read entire article »

South Africa court delays decision on Zuma’s renovation

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has reserved its decision on whether President Jacob Zuma should pay back state money he used to upgrade his private residence. The court said on Tuesday that it will announce the decision at later date once it has been made. In a damning report, South Africa’s anti-corruption watchdog accused Zuma in 2014 of having “benefited unduly” from the “excessive” $23m upgrades to his Nkandla home, which included a swimming pool, a cattle enclosure and an amphitheatre. Zuma, who says that the renovations were essential to improve security, offered last week to repay a portion of the money, but said he wanted the auditor-general and finance minister to determine the amount. READ MORE: Zuma criticised … Read entire article »